House Democrats have made sure the rules of the impeachment inquiry hearings for President Donald Trump are "twisted to their favor," Rep. Mark Meadows insisted on Wednesday just before the public proceedings opened.
"We are going to see their two star witnesses today," the North Carolina Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "Neither one of them has ever talked to the president of the United States, so it's interesting how the American people are going to be able to judge this based on secondhand or thirdhand information."
Meadows also defended Trump's contentions about Ukraine being corrupt, as there are questions still remaining about sending Americans' "hardworking tax dollars" to Ukraine.
"The president was right to highlight it...you will start to see that unfold as much is my Democrat colleagues will want to push it out," said Meadows. "They are not going to be able to present the case to the American people in a compelling way."
He added that as the testimony unfolds, "we will find that this is an empty bucket, full of lots of innuendos but really no facts that would suggest that impeachment is warranted."
Meadows on Wednesday also demanded to know why his Democratic colleagues assume their opinion is more valid than that of voters, who will cast ballots in the presidential race in less than a year.
"We are now looking at a partisan attack," said Meadows. "I have been in every single deposition, I have listened to these witnesses and I can tell you, the facts will not support impeachment."
He added that it is "almost laughable" that Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has warned that the "sham investigation" is against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
"We have been involved with a sham process that Adam Schiff has been directing for the last six weeks," said Meadows. "Any Adam Schiff narrative that would suggest that this is not a partisan attack is just not based on the facts."
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